Most of us are so busy running around dealing with daily life, that we tend to take others for granted. It’s great to show love and appreciation every day, but February 14th is the official time to show and say how much you care. Here are some unique ideas to make Valentine’s Day special for you, with a romantic partner, or just to say “I’m thinking of you” to friends, family, and co-workers. And we’ve also got some good ideas for going out, solo or not.
FOR YOUR SPECIAL SOMEONE (only after you are a bona-fide couple, or some of these might have the opposite effect – remember Kate Hudson in “How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days”)?
Splurge on new luxurious pillows for your bed (with satin pillow covers)
Make a scrapbook dedicated to YOU as a couple
Rent or buy their favorite video (even if it is Terminator 2 or a costume drama)
Create a CD of your sweetie’s (or your) favorite songs with a label and jacket designed by you!
Use large cookie cutters to shape sandwiches (instead of the usual cookies) into hearts and cupids!
Buy seeds or a seedling to plant together as a “love tree” and watch love, grow!
Indulge in a day of pampering. They tell you want they want and you make it happen!
Toss rose petals, everywhere!
FOR Those Very Special (but non-romantic) SPECIAL PEOPLE:
For men and women: a spa bath kit, with candles, wine and a rubber duck *see our latest beauty review column for great ideas and exclusive buying guide.
For Dad: A lawnmower and a promise to cut the lawn every other week all summer long
For Sister, Co-Workers, Anyone: Balloons with a special message in each (and a fancy pin to “pop” them)
For Mom: An arrangement of silk or real flowers or anything with a heart on it
For Couples: a basket filled with candles, wine and a romantic music CD
For a special Friend or Neighbor who is single: A gallon of your friends’ favorite ice cream tied with ribbons and cookies or better, still, an Advice Sisters’ private counseling session ((email or chat)
For Everyone: when your brain is on vacation but you need to get a gift fast.
A gift to a charity in their name
Gourmet Goodies (especially if they’re made by you)
Anything in silk or velvet
FOR THE (“Toads”) YOU HAVEN’T QUITE GOTTEN OUT OF YOUR SYSTEM:
Educational self-improvement videos, cds or books
The singing Bass/Deer/Duck/etc or the talking Donald Trump Doll — the one that says: “you’re fired! “you’re fired! “you’re fired! — over and over again!)
Drugstore candy (better if it looks like it’s been sitting around since Halloween or is printed with a clearly expired date on it)
A card addressed to another person work an erotic love note inside
Agree to that divorce!
WHEN THERE’S NO ONE SENDING YOU A GIFT, GO OUT AND GET SOMETHING GREAT FOR YOURSELF!
If you’re as sick of the Valentine’s Day build-up as some people are about Christmas advertising. If you’re suddenly single (and you’re not happy about it). If you are fine with flyign solo but still think you deserve some love on V-day, here are some ways to make your Valentine’s Day better than most of those who are “coupled-up”
Gym rats will never ditch the gym, not even tonight, but why not try another sport? Gather your friends (or go yourself) and try somethign active, but different: bowling, roller skating or ice skating, maybe finally climb that indoor rock wall!
This is a perfect night to step up to the spotlight at amateur night or a karaoke bar and let loose. Even if you are generally shy and swear you’ll never ever get up and sing, go anyway. There might be someone special just waiting to meet you or looking for a singing partner for “I Got You Babe” and doing the very same thing as you –waiting to make a connection. ‘
Laughter heals all wounds. Go to a comedy club and you’re bound to hear comedians make fun of Valentines Day. Laugh so hard you forget it is Valentine’s Day.
Retail therapy can take your mind off things. Go shopping (for some, the best stress reliever of all) and treat yourself to something special that you’ve been saving for. Now’s the time to open that piggy bank and splurge.
Visit your Mom & Dad (or an elderly friend or relative). They need love and attention, too, but these special people are often taken for granted…until they’re gone. Pre-order a great dinner for all of you. They probably don’t see enough of you and your presence is the best gift of all.
Borrow a friend’s kid (or two) and hit a kiddie “hot spot” (eg. pizza, fast-food, game room). Bring as many dollars in quarters as you can carry. Order a pizza and play video and arcade games with the kids. For one shining moment, you will be a “hero!”
Go to your local movie theater and get the BIG popcorn and drink. Sit through a double-feature and let the world pass you by for just a few hours.
A visit to a jazz or blues club lets someone else “sing the blues” for you.
Women: Call in your girls, play happy music, drink up those cosmos, paint your fingers and toes. Cap off the evening watching a romantic movie he wouldn’t like, or go out together and dance your a…s off!
Guys: Arrange a poker night (think: Felix Unger and Oscar Madison in the “Odd Couple). Not into gambling? Serve up the pay-per-view with your single friends and serve all the sticky, greasy, fattening junk food no woman wants to eat, ever.
Pets always love you. Take yours for a walk, or cozy up at home with fluffy or fido and let them lavish their appreciation on you!
Every holiday is just 24 hours and then it’s o.v.e.r. for another year. Let it pass by doing nothing. Say at home clothes, order “in”,” and draw a bath or do a DIY spa night. Meditate, listen to music or just veg in front of the TV and allow yourself to enjoy just being “you.”
You got them a gift but they didn’t’ reciprocate? Read our “double-take” two views for every question Advice on this topic